Source: Pedro’s Website
How obtained: Purchased
RBR sponsor: No
Pedro’s Professional Pump Performs Up to its Name
I like Pedro’s Super Prestige Professional pump so much I bought two of them. One resides in my home bike shop and the other lives in my van. I’ve been using these pumps for a couple of years now and they still perform like new. I actually have a compressor in my garage, but these pumps work so well, I usually reach for them.
I like to point out good floor pumps because the most common maintenance task is topping off your tire pressure. And, unfortunately, even many so-called “shop-quality” and expensive models can perform sub-par.
Common problems include difficulty achieving a leak-free fit between the pump head and valve – or having to change or adapt the head to fit a different valve; needing to push excessively hard to pump your tires fully; and ‘blow-back’ – which is when you push the pump handle down and it pops right back up with enough force and speed to explode out of the pump, in a worst-case scenario.
There are no such issues with the Super Prestige. It features a heavy-duty steel base for stability, a wide ergonomic soft-grip handle and a small diameter, long steel barrel, which all make for nearly effortless pumping.
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Equally pleasing is the automatic pump head that you simply press on whatever type valve you have and then flip up the thumblock lever to lock the head on with an airtight seal. Pump heads are a common point of failure. I’ve never had the Pedro’s let me down and I’ve used it on dozens of different valves and valve extenders and adapters (for example, an adapter is required to inflate disc wheels). Whatever you attach Pedro’s pump to, it holds fast and doesn’t leak.
Another sweet feature is the 39-inch (99cm) long hose. This comes in handy if you’re working on a bicycle in a repair stand and if you’re trying to inflate tires while bikes are up high on a rear vehicle rack, etc. The hose actually attaches to the pump beneath the top-mounted gauge rather than at the bottom where most other pumps attach them. That adds to the hose reach.
Pedro’s also included a built-in hose holder to their pump that really works. Lesser pumps have holders that let the hose fall to the ground, which can lead to failure.
Back to the top-mounted gauge, which in the Hot! – Not! section above I mentioned I’d like to be able to read without glasses. It has a knurled ring with a pointer that you turn and place on your target psi. That is large enough to see without specs. Even though I have trouble reading the numbers on the gauge without my glasses, it’s a nice-enough looking display.
Also, this pump has a small button on the head that lets you bleed air to get the pressure just right.
All in all, if you’re looking for a great inflator, you’ll find it in Pedro’s Super Prestige.
Jim Langley is RBR’s Technical Editor. He has been a pro mechanic and cycling writer for more than 40 years. He’s the author of Your Home Bicycle Workshop in the RBR eBookstore. Check out his “cycling aficionado” website at http://www.jimlangley.net, his Q&A blog and updates at Twitter. Jim’s streak of consecutive cycling days has reached more than 8,000. Click to read Jim’s full bio.